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2011 Dodge Grand Caravan

Just a few weeks ago Chrysler launched an updated variant of the 2011 Town & Country model and logically, its sibling – the Grand Caravan will receive the same updates. For the next year model, the car will get a redesigned front grill as well as a more sculpted front fascia. Moving towards the back of the car we will notice a rethought bumper plus a liftgate that now has sharper creases and new lettering.

Similar with the Town & Country and the rest of the lineup from Chrysler, the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan will get a more powerful 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar power unit that is capable of outputting 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. This new engine is considerably more powerful in comparison with the older generation 3.3, 3.8 and the 4.0-liter engines that previously equipped the Grand Caravan. As far as the gearbox goes, customers can only get the car with a 6-speed gearbox equipped with a “Fuel Economizer” button that once activated by the driver, it will adjust shift timing in order to reduce the fuel consumption of the car.

To further make this a more fuel efficient car, the car is a half inch lower in comparison to previous generations and comes with lower-rolling-resistance tires plus a drag-reducing roof spoiler. The 2011 Dodge Grand Carvan will do approximately 16 mph city / 24 mpg highway, similar with the older model, but keep in mind that it has a more powerful engine.

In order to improve overall comfort, the engineers at Dodge worked very hard at the suspension of the car, which will not only allow the driver to have a more comfortable ride, but at the same time it will offer a more responsive steering and handling of the van. The modifications brought are very thorough, starting with the new dampers and bushings and ending with the retuned steering gear and revised spring rates.

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan

Moving inside the car, you will find a refreshed cabin that now sports a two-dial instrument cluster and a much nicer integration of the air vents and the climate-control buttons into the console of the automobile. The brand new Stow’n’Go seats are now larger and said to be more softer and comfortable than before and are equipped with the new one-touch operation. The list of optional features includes a driver’s knee airbag, a heated steering wheel and a more generous console with blue-green trim lightning. For those of you interested in safety, Dodge offers the Safety Sphere package that includes parking sensors, a blind-spot warning system, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers and a very useful backup camera.

The car will be available at dealership in the next few weeks. The basic trim level of the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan will be the Express. Moving up, you get the Mainstreet and the top-of-the-line will be the Crew trim. Next year in spring, the model will get the R/T trim; Dodge calls it “the ultimate Man Van”, and will offer a much sportier experience. We will bring you updated information once the R/T model will be officially launched next spring. Stay tuned.

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